Each month Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. answers selected questions on veterinary issues. Dr. Khalsa is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, a Fellow and Professor of the British Institute of Homeopathy and has lectured both nationally and internationally. She is the co-author of Healing Your Horse: Alternative Therapies and Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog. Send your questions to
Hello Dr. Khalsa,
I hope you can help some with this situation: Oriental Cat – now 8.5 years old with 4/5 hard tumours on left side of lower belly. 2 years ago had small tumours under all her teats. Treated with Conium. All tumours disappeared quite quickly – stayed that way for 2 years. This year 4 tumours reappeared on lower left belly. Just recently little needle like appeared under the skin… then moved to the outer bend of the top of her leg, on left side. They broke through the skin, she licked them alot – fur gone from that area, the lesions showing and leaking clear liqiud. Been treated with combo remedies – (phytolacca+conium+belladonna) as one pill 2 x daily, + piptoparus betulina 2 x daily (mushroom grows on birch trees); + Lac Caninum – one pill, 1 x daily. The tumours do not hurt by touch, but the newer leg lesions seem tender. Any suggestions, help would be much appreciated. We love her.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: There is a high probability that these are mammary cancer. This can spread to the internal organs and bones, particularly mammary cancer that has gone on for some years. Most mammary tumors in the mammary area are not particularly painful. I cannot evaluate if the mass in the leg has invaded the bone, but when this happens it is very painful. I think the cancer is beyond remedies at this point. Once cancer metastasizes to different areas it has gained quite a lot of ground.
I would recommend Resvantage – the human dose. This company processes the resveratrol in a room in which all the air has been pumped out and replaced by nitrogen so the product does not degrade, as resveratrol is very susceptible to oxidation and degradation when exposed to oxygen. Warm some wet cat food and put the human dose pill into the warm food and the protective capsule will dissolve and then have your cat eat it. You can get it here:
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
Our dear German Shepherd Shara has been suffering from boils since several years. She is 8 years old now. We have been treating her on vet’s advice with antibiotics and bacterial ointments like Betadine and Soframycin with hardly any effect. I shall be extremely thankful to you if you could suggest homoeopathic remedies for this recurring condition.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: It is not common for dogs to suffer from boils. Perhaps you mean hives or perhaps a localized infection? I cannot really ascertain the problem and therefore am not able to suggest a remedy. I would need more information.
Hello Dr. Khalsa,
I am a groomer, was a vet tech for many years……went Holistic about 17 years ago.
I have a 5 month old GSD puppy, male. Never vaccinated, fed a complete raw since 7 1/2 weeks old. A wide variety of proteins, free range, antibiotic/ hormone free. I add fish oil, coconut oil, chia seeds, colostrum, kombucha and organic kelp.
He itches constantly. No bugs, no sores, no dandruff….
Often it’s an incessant gnawing of the legs, other times it is along his back, tail, scratches at his neck etc. He has been adjusted by a Chiro every month since we got him. He has a freakishly hot tongue and some anxiety…….
I’m stumped. I saw an article in Dogs Naturally about itching being caused by Hot Blood ( Chinese medicine) but it was not very clear….. Any of this ring any bells?
I appreciate your help.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Sarcoptic mange is at epidemic proportions presently. He is awfully young for allergies. Please read this article: hoacuoidep.info/wp-content/uploads/scabies-the-allergy-impersonator
If you have red bumps on the skin that you are not sure from where they came, that is a big indicator that he has scabies. Ne can’t find it in a normal simple to do skin scraping because the mites live so deep in the skin. Rather than do multiple skin biopsies under anesthesia to find the mite, most veterinarians simply treat with Ivermectin and it quickly resolves. Ivermectin is very safe and it works rapidly.
I like to give it orally once a week for 3 or 4 weeks. You must wash the bedding and put your blankets in the dryer if you sleep with him after each dose. They can itch more after the first dose as the mites are running around and dying in the skin, but if after the second dose he is much relieved, you know you hit the nail on the head. You can actually buy horse Ivermectin – about 50cc- on line for about 27 dollars and can use that to dose him although it will be very little of the bottle, it is very inexpensive.
Additionally, I never recommend fish oil anymore. It’s all rancid, and it has a lot of toxins in it and the Omega 3’s got oxidized before you even got it. This article may help: hoacuoidep.info/wp-content/uploads/omega3
Hello Dr. Khalsa,
My Brittish shorthair cat (°2009) lost a lot of weight when we took in a stray street cat. This new cat is very young and wants to play, but Tommie doesn’t like it.
He growls every time the little cat (Pablo) come near or in the same room.
We tried some pheromone air diffuser, but that doesn’t do much.
Tommie lost weight due to stress, says our vet. Any homeopathic medicine that could help?
Thanks in advance!
Dr. Deva Khalsa:
Has Tommie had his thyroid checked? It is very common for older cats to be hyperthyroid and have this as the cause of the weight loss and if you have not done this you should. Is he eating more and active for his age? That may indicate a hyper condition of the thyroid. Secondly, you should worm him, because the stray likely brought in worms. Worm them both with Drontal. I would not assume that he lost weight due to stress in this case. It may be I do not have enough information but it’s always best to do the proper blood tests.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
Our 8 years old dog has got a wound just below his left ear and bland pale yellow colored pus is dripping from the wound. We have tried antibiotics but to no avail. I then gave him Hepar sulph 200M once a day and calendula Q ten drops in water two times. No use. Could you please suggest remedies to cure this all defying infection. We love him much. Thanks.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Myristica 30x three times a day for 3 weeks and Epsom salt soaks for 5 minutes twice a day using cotton balls or clean cloth.
Hi Dr. Khalsa,
First, I want to apologize for the length of this email. As we both know Homeopathy needs as much info to correctly diagnose as possible and my Dobe has a lot going on !
I have a black Doberman Pinscher who will be 6 in October. I have had her since she was 8 weeks old. Her current weight ranges between 60 & 90 lbs. depending on what is going on with her thyroid meds and her food intake. She always acts as though she is starving. She is a nervous type, I think inherited from her parents.
When she started going into heat, it became, over time, an ongoing thing. She went in heat often and it seemed she was equally in as long as she would be out of heat. I wanted to get her fixed in year 2 as it was becoming too much work. I have had the same wonderful vet for years and he is into alternative medicine whenever possible. He is open to Homeopathy but knows little about it. He said I should wait as Doberman’s tend to develop incontinence when fixed too early. We waited until she was 4. She started developing enuresis at about 5. I treated her Homeopathically for a while, but that only gave minor help.
I developed stage 4 breast & bone cancer so I couldn’t continue to do so much laundry and decided to go with drugs for her. The vet gave her “Proin 50 mg”. At first 1 a day, when that didn’t work, increased to 2 a day. That lasted for a few months, then last month we had to increase it to 3 a day. This morning I awoke soaking wet to a puddle in bed again. This is very distressing for me. Another vet told me it was due to the reduction in estrogen after the surgery, but I don’t know if that is correct. She also has a thyroid problem, that when we discovered it, her thyroid registered as almost dead. She is on “Thyrozine 0.6 mg a day now. We have had a lot of trouble getting the dosage right and have gone up to as much as a 0.8 mg. For a while when my cancer was at its worst, I was taking Iodine and started giving it to my dogs ( I also have a Lab/Chesapeake Bay Retrieve, the runt of the litter, with a thyroid problem ) as well to strengthen their immune system and thyroid. In hindsight, that was probably a mistake. I think the Iodine together with the Thyrozine might have been overdosing.
Since then she has become completely heat intolerent. If the temperature is anything above 70 she is panting so hard, tongue dripping, she shakes the whole couch. Her nose has a clear almost constant runny discharge. Her beautiful hair has developed a wave to it, which according to the internet is a sign of overdosing for the thyroid, but when we reduce the Thyrozine, she develops the “tragic look”, a sign of under dosing. We just cannot seem to reach a happy medium.
I have a little experience in Chinese Medicine also. When I got her, she never had a normal bowel movement. She had constant diarrhea like water. I kept treating her Homeopathically for diarrhea and at one point she had a round stool the size of a baseball. It was like a soft, pliable ball of jelly and iridescent. After that it was expelled, and since then bowel movements are better but always hit or miss. I put real pumpkin in her canned food daily for the curative effect that has, but still have an irregular problem anyway. I took her to a Chiropractor a month ago. That seems to have helped her some as she had a muscle imbalance that was affecting her spine. Her diarrhea is worse. Her nose running has lessened though. The Chiro vet said her spleen is very deficient. I am guessing that is part of the reason she is so nervous.
I am unsure of what to do next. I am praying you will be able to offer advice on her enuresis, which to me, at this point, is the most important.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Thank you for sharing. 1. Thyroid levels need to be tested 4 -6 hours after the morning pill. Thyroid for dogs is given twice a day. .6 to .8 seems fine for her size. Next time do the test yourself for about a hundred bucks. Go to Click on tests and click on thyroid and do a timed 4-6 hour test after her current dose is administered in the morning. This will test a T4, Free T4, T3 and Free T3 along with autoantibodies and give a full picture of what is happening with her thyroid. You mail it USPS Priority for about 8 bucks and your vet or a vet tech has to pull the blood.
She may also have IBD, and also you can never rule out worms. You can get Panacur over the counter and it is a very safe worming medicine you give as a powder in the food for 3 days. Call 1 800 Pet Meds and they will help you with this. It is very easy for dogs to get worms.
Standard Process Symplex F can work very well with incontinence and often after you give it for 2 or 3 months the urinary incontinence (hypoestrogenism) resolves and you do not need further medicating.
I do strongly suggest that after you worm her and observe if there is any improvement after this and also do the Hemopet thyroid test, you me for a phone consult.
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